Monday, March 19, 2018

Marathon Sunday

The 33rd LA Marathon was Sunday.  I did not run. I did go out and cheer.  I posted up at the Starbucks as you leave Beverly Hills at mile 18 and head into what seems to be the slow uphill grind known as miles 18-25 of the route.  I was playing snack mom for a couple friends and cheering for everyone and anyone that made it to mile 18; elites, chair athletes, serious runners, students, charity runners, people walking, everyone that was on that course should have someone on the sidewalk cheering them on and I was going to be that person whether they wanted to hear my cow bell at that point or not.  

I had a conversation with someone I work with today about the marathon.  He knew someone that ran the second half of the charity relay and was watching from in front of our office further down mile 18.  He made the comment that as he was leaving after his runner passed by around 10:00 am, that there were a lot of people still out there and they didn’t belong on the course because they weren’t runners.  I was stunned into silence. I didn’t know how to respond. This individual, who admitted he has never completed more than a 5K fun run, clearly thinks a 10 minute mile is not good enough to be eligible to participate in a marathon.  Then he continued with comments that the people walking parts of it should have trained more so they didn’t have to take walk breaks, that run/walking was for training not race day, etc, etc. At this point, I wanted to throw my stapler at his head; instead, I did the only thing I could think of at the moment and said OK and turned back to my computer.  I run/walk. I am slow as molasses. I am a runner. I am a marathoner. No one can take that away from me because I have run across that start line, fought my way through 26.2 miles of my own personal demons, and walked out of the finisher corral with a marathon medal around my neck. I vehemently believe anyone who dared to start the LA Marathon on Sunday deserved to be on that course, and anyone who dares to disagree with me had better have run or walked 26.2 miles in their own shoes before running their mouth.  

Congratulations to everyone that had the courage to run/walk/crawl/limp/roll from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica and become a Marathoner.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Revamping for 2017

Things need a-changing around here. Let's see what we can come up with.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Run like its a zombie apocalypse...

You still have time! Get out there and celebrate National Running Day, one of the better for you made up holidays!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Seawheeze training - Week 2

I already fell off the wagon. Way behind... Gonna use this holiday weekend to double up a couple yoga/run sessions and napping in between to get my run mojo back. Maybe, also, some swim sessions. Who knows!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Should I try doing a triathlon?

I want to buy a new, snazzy bike.  This seems like perfect reasoning to start competing in triathlons. Please rate my level of crazy in the comments below.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Long Run Saturdays

Days Until:
Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas 5K - 8
Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon - 9
Disneyland Star Wars 5K - 70
Disneyland Star Wars 10K - 71
Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon - 72
LA Marathon - 128
The Great Race 10K - 141
Seawheeze - 281

Today was a 5 mile run along the beach with the LA Roadrunners.  It was a cut back week in the training schedule (they had run 6 miles last Saturday, I only ran 3.5 after running halves both the two prior weekends).  I joined up with run/walk 6 this morning, who should be doing a 14 minute pace for the LA Marathon in March.

The first 2 miles were pretty brutal.  I wasn't really warmed up completely and my lungs were protesting working so hard that early.  But after slowing down a bit and it getting a bit warmer out, this run was pretty good even if it felt like we were crawling towards the end.  It definitely isn't cold after 7am, but I'm going to have figure out better layering options for my early morning weekday excursions to fend off the pre-sunrise chill that has shown up this week.

3 training runs this week, then off to Las Vegas super duper early Saturday morning for the Rock 'n' Roll 5K (Saturday night) and half marathon (Sunday night).

Monday, October 21, 2013

I ran the hills.

Yesterday, I earned my first Tiffany's necklace.  I've bought them before, but this time I ran 13.1 miles to get it.  I ran with 30,000 other people over some of the most cringe worthy hills of any race I can think of.  LA has hills, but there is something about that corner of San Francisco that makes those hills unique.  I'm learning that running, while physically taxing, will at some points become more mental than physical.  There are points when running up those hills, surrounded by the pack of 30,000 runners, that you can't see the top of the hill; it looks like it goes on indefinitely, and it definitely feels that way.  Luckily, the LA marathon is in LA and not San Francisco, making it significantly flatter.  Conquering the hills was a good step in building the ability to tough through 26.2 miles of Los Angeles, now I just have to get on my constantly delayed flight do get back to LA and keep training.